Grand Valley State University

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Grand Valley State University President Thomas J. Haas
Thomas J. Haas
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    I love working here.

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    Current Employee - Campus Recreation - Clerical in Allendale, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Campus Recreation - Clerical in Allendale, MI (US)

    I have been working at Grand Valley State University part-time (more than 3 years)


    Professional development, personable, student peers. Flexible schedule. Adequate training. Raises every year of working there. On-campus so I didn't even need a car my first year working there.


    Minimum wage pay to start. Only can work there as a student due to frequent cuts to professional staff. Sometimes feel lost in a sea of student workers who don't all necessarily want to be there. Recent interns are not dedicated to their job and it makes the office look unprofessional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up more jobs for students to move into when they graduate. Stop hiring interns who don't care about their job.

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    Assistant Director Interview

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    The process took 7+ monthsinterviewed at Grand Valley State University.

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    Best described as a nightmare, moving at a snail's pace. The entire process was a full 7 months long, from application to computer-generated email from HR saying they weren't filling the job, even though it only consisted of 2 interviews. Attempts to get an update in between interviews proved fruitless even though I had direct emails.

    Just incredibly passive communication and slow moving process, which was enough to make me not want to work there anyway. I received another offer while waiting to hear back from GVSU and accepted it (note: I applied to this job two months after I applied to GVSU). So in the end I wasn't *too* upset that they didn't offer me the position, but it was a huge waste of everyone's time, most importantly mine.

    Interview Questions
    • It's a university so be prepared for very general, open ended questions. You are going to put in a LOT more effort for these interviews than for a normal company, mostly because universities do everything, especially hiring, in committees of 10+ people. My specific tip for GVSU interviewees is this: answer with stereotypical answers. "How would you improve the program" --> more student involvement, alumni involvement, community involvement. This is more like Miss America than anything else. You need to show you have a personality yet not veer off the acceptable "world peace" track or you'll be scored negatively. Be prepared for personal life questions too and answer appropriately. They want academics so portray yourself as a future thought leader. Before your interview, find a book, movie, and musician that is a little off the beaten path but one that's highly regarded. Ex: don't say you read Orwell, say Kafka - or someone even more obscure. Find a classical or jazz musician and talk about how you like to unwind on your car rides or at home.

      Otherwise the questions are all pretty straightforward, if not boring and uninspired (What are your strengths? Do you think diversity is important? When is a time when you were wrong and what did you learn from it? Why do you want to work for Grand Valley? Who is your role model?)
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Grand Valley State University Awards and Accolades

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Best Places to Work for Commuters, National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2012
Best Workplaces for Commuters, National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2010

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Headquarters Allendale, MI
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1960
Type College/University
Industry Education
Revenue £100 to £500 million (GBP) per year
Competitors Unknown

Grand Valley State University operates five campuses in western Michigan. The main one is in Allendale; it has additional facilities in Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, and Traverse City. Classes at the latter two locations are offered in conjunction with local community colleges. A public university with a liberal arts emphasis, Grand Valley State offers more than 200 fields of study, including about 70 undergraduate majors and more than 25 graduate programs. It has an enrollment of more than 23,000 students and approximately 750 regular faculty members. Grand Valley... More

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